A Different Pair of Eyes

Post done by: Alexandra, Celestine, Julia, Nikita and Yu Bin

An insider is in a better position to photograph a place because he/she has a deeper purpose and drive when composing the photograph and he/she would also have a more personal understanding of the given situation. Firstly, an insider would be able to frame the photos with a more significant purpose in mind. Given that an insider photographer has a more in depth understanding of the current happenings, the chosen subjects would be highly reflective of the situation the community is in. Secondly, an insider is in a better position to capture the raw emotions linked to the current situation, as he himself would have first hand experience.

Deeper purpose- why would a person bother to take a picture of his own hometown? Unlike an outsider who would take pictures simply for capturing special moments in a foreign land, an insider would have a more deep-seated motive for taking the photo. His reason could be to portray suffering that his fellow countrymen are experiencing, or to show the injustice in his country. Whatever the reason, the motive will have a great impact on the photographer’s choice of composition, which in turn affects the impact that the photo has on viewers. But, what about the pictures taken by an outsider? Outsiders would have much ‘shallower’ motives for taking the photo – they could include for memory’s sake if he was on a vacation, capturing beautiful architecture and so on. They do not tell as powerful a story as insider pictures. Their purpose for capturing the photos would not be as in-depth as that of an insider.

Insider knowledge- an insider can take on both the perspectives of an outsider and an insider. One example would be North Korea. An outsider such as ourselves would only be able to capture photos of what we are able to see, for example, portraying them as a country poising to fire its missiles. However as a native North Korean, one would be able to capture the true essence of the country, having been granted access to many private areas that foreigners may not be permitted to enter or see. An insider would also be able to select the subject matter that is most relevant to the topic or situation of the area. Outsiders, however, are not able to experience of even see the country’s social problems and crises, such as hunger and confinement. Photos taken by outsiders would be unable to portray the true circumstances of the country as many of these circumstances could have been censored by the insiders of the country.

In conclusion, given that an insider has a more significant purpose and more motivation when composing the photograph as well as a more personal understanding of the given situation due to the first-hand experiences, he/she is in a better position to photograph the situation.

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These pictures are powerful as they tell a compelling story about North Korea’s current situation. 

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This picture shows a typical photo taken by an outsider, who is only given access to North Korea’s propaganda, and not the country’s inside situation.This picture does not tell a lot about the people’s problems or the country’s policies.

Things to note (16/4 lesson)

– Title

– Hook

– Paragraph 1: Thesis statement –> stand, reasons, summary

– Paragraph 2: Topic sentence (Reason 1) –> stand and reasons

– Paragraph 3: Topic sentence (Reason 2) –> stand and reasons

– Conclusion: Restate thesis statement (Note the persona we are taking on when writing this piece of persuasive writing)

– Image (Visual) – with caption

Language:

– 3rd person

– Simple sentences/words (Less jargon)

– Engaging

– Always ask “why”

– Cite (Hyperlink)

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One thought on “A Different Pair of Eyes

  1. Overall, you should justify have more convincing arguments. you have many claims which are not supported.
    “more in depth understanding of the current happenings, the chosen subjects would be highly reflective of the situation the community is in” –> may not be true, very controversial, a lot of people have absolutely no idea what their community is really like.
    “an insider is in a better position to capture the raw emotions linked to the current situation, as he himself would have first hand experience.” –> first hand as in?
    “an insider would have a more deep-seated motive for taking the photo”–> implies that the insider has an intention therefore his pov would be biased–> accuracy of photograph?
    “Outsiders would have much ‘shallower’ motives for taking the photo” –> need more grounded examples or evidence –> as it is now, it is an unsupported claim, as the unswayed public or whatever, i feel that this is a one-sided claim and this makes me want to challenge your point.

    “Outsiders, however, are not able to experience of even see the country’s social problems and crises……unable to portray the true circumstances of the country” –> this paragraph you have used n. korea as your example but your example is contradicting your point. who exactly understands the true circumstances of n. korea? the outsiders who have seen the world, or n. koreans who have yet to step out of their country and have absolutely no exposure to whatever’s outside their country? plus there’s propaganda everywhere.

    in terms of format:
    – well structured
    – you may not want to put the key points first at the start of the para, makes it look very uhm forced?
    like insider’s knowledge-blah blah blah but just start with topic sentence

    overall:
    – take note of your points and substantiate –> avoid claims
    – btw it’s just my opinion so you may not agree with it if you think it’s fine then go ahead and fly like a g6

    KICKS from andrea and nicole and wenxin whees

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